Send us your Earth Day photos!

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. This weekend there were many local beaches and parks that held clean ups in honor of Earth Day. If you participated, send us your photos! Send your photos to Jasmine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see them in print in Thursday's Beacon.
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The Lakeside Daisy attracts area visitors in May

Lakeside Daisy photo by Jasmine Cupp The Lake Erie Water Snake is not the only local threatened species iconic to Ottawa County. During May, the Lakeside Daisy flowers brighten the Marblehead peninsula in the last remaining native locale population remaining in the United States. This local flower is a native…
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Osprey returning to northwest Ohio

Osprey working on a nest in 2013 at ONWR. Photo from ONWR. There are high hopes at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR) near Oak Harbor. This week a pair of osprey have been working on a nest at a platform in the Blausey Unit of the Refuge. If successful, it…
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Bird observatory, B-C-S, partner for environment

Schools have released balloons during elementary science classes and many people release them in remembrance of a loved one. But what happens to those balloons once the helium runs out? Students Against Balloon Releases, a partnership between Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, is hoping to educate students about…
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Author to bring plight of passenger pigeon to life

Joel Greenberg has always been interested in animals. “That has been the dominant theme in my life,” said Greenberg, 59, an environmental consultant. “Everything in my college life as an undergrad was based on where I could see birds. I (also) majored in political science because I was interested in…
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Ottawa County Beach Clean-Up

To celebrate Earth Day and help remove litter from our area beaches, the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Magee Marsh, East Harbor State Park, and Catawba Island State Park, are hosting a county-wide beach clean-up. All beach clean-ups…
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